The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

My photo
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Proud Uncle.... Ellis Ludwig-Leone

Ellis is my nephew and his group, San Fermin, is hot, hot, hot, getting all sorts of airplay and media attention. Here's a story from Boing Boing and from NPR.

And a video:

Ellis comes from a very gifted and talented family of artists, musicians and actors.  As a piano teacher, I can also say he has beautiful hands for both the piano and his serious basketball skills.

It has been a fabulous couple of weeks watching former students and of course, Ellis meet with such fantastic success and notoriety.

Todd Bwalya Nkonde Seely, one of my favorite bad boys in the band just met this success.
So here it is. It's a low-res copy off the tv,  (no video to embed) but this is me playing for President Michael Sata and first Republican President, the amazing Kenneth Kaunda. And yes, they are putting money in my shirt pocket and the sound hole of my guitar.The song is an old Bemba song about independence and reclaiming Zambia from colonialists. What an amazing experience. One of the highlights of my life.
Check out this major win by former student, Zao Wang,  
WOW! WOW! WOW! NBC Universal Short Cuts Film Festival screened the top 8 films and gave out 5 awards tonight. Congratulations to winners Zao Wang Best Director and Best Chiller Thriller HONEYMOON SUITE, Kevin Lau & Nyssa Chow Best Writers, and Kevin Lau for Best Short for MADE IN CHINATOWN, Tim Chiou Winner Best Actor MADE IN CHINATOWN. Asian Americans taking home 4 of the top 5 prizes!


sonya melescu said...

Watched the video 3 times before commenting. BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!!!

Christopher Stowens said...

Yes, Ellis and his firneds really have a great sound and sure have sumpin' goin' on.